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Committee of Seventy is launching a new ELECTION AMBASSADOR CORPS comprised of Philadelphia high school students, trained by Seventy, to help ensure a smooth experience for voters on Election Day. In this pilot program, some 200-250 students will assist voters with basic election questions outside polling places in their neighborhoods and report problems they encounter to the 1-855-SEVENTY Hotline. The initiative will also feature a follow-up Election Innovation Challenge, in which participating students will submit their ideas for improving the voting experience for Philadelphians or increasing voter turnout. All submissions will receive feedback from Committee of Seventy staff, with winning proposals featured on seventy.org.

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Hotline volunteers work in Seventy's office on Election Day, answering calls to the 1-855-SEVENTY Hotline from student volunteers, poll officials and voters, helping them find their polling places, check their registration and offering basic assistance with Election Day procedures. Reports of election law infractions or other serious issues are directed immediately to the County Board of Elections and the District Attorney’s Office.

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For the 2015 election in Philadelphia, Seventy is offering basic training in voting procedures and Election Day rules for individuals willing to visit polling places in Council Districts 2 and 7, both of which have hotly contested primary races. Interested volunteers who wish to visit polling places in other sections of the city are welcome to attend a training. Registration is closed. Thanks to the folks joining us on Election Day!

For more information, contact Patrick Christmas at pchristmas@seventy.org or 215-557-3600, ext. 114.